According to a report published earlier this year, more companies invested in training opportunities for their employees in 2016 than in 2015.
Workers who are always interested to acquire new skills or knowledge will certainly find this data encouraging. This is because the report indicates that more and more companies now understand, or are starting to appreciate, the various training benefits for employees.
Online Corporate Training
The surge in popularity of staff training in various organizations across the globe can be attributed to the growing prevalence of online training programs. In a study conducted in 2015, 44% of the companies involved in the research claimed they intend to invest in online learning tools and systems for employee use.
Aside from the popularity of e-learning tools and systems, many training providers offer online courses which make it easier for organizations to invest in relevant programs. E-learning also enables employees to complete a program faster.
Aside from convenience and easy access, online staff training provides a variety of benefits to both employees and organizations. One of these benefits is an increase in innovation and productivity in the workplace.
But how does online corporate training boost innovation and productivity of employees? It does so through the following ways:
1. They do not take up much of your employees’ time
Traditional training programs will require students or participants to spend several hours in a classroom to learn. Aside from this, employees undergoing a traditional training course will also need to spend time commuting to their place of study.
When employees take up an online course, they won’t have to travel long distances to undergo training. They can access the program in the office or during their spare time: when they’re at home, on their lunch break, or during the weekends.
As such, workers won’t lose valuable work time to complete a training course. They will be in the office on schedule and there will be no reason for their productivity or work output to be affected negatively.
2. Employees can immediately apply and practice their learning in the appropriate setting
When employees take up an online training course, they can quickly apply or put into practice the important concepts or skills they are learning or have acquired.
For instance, if your workers are taking up health and safety at work e-learning courses, they can help implement new procedures that will make the workplace safer. They don’t even have to finish the course to do this; as long as the concept or practice has been proven to be effective, they can work with you or the HR staff to implement them.
As a result, you will have a safer workplace. This, of course, will have positive effects on all workers’ productivity.
3. Well-designed relevant online training courses will encourage employees to think outside the box
Course providers are now more creative in designing and creating online training programs. As such, many courses are not just about teaching or providing info anymore; they also provide opportunities for participants to be creative.
Certain online training courses, for instance, present various problems for the learners to solve. They will have to tap into their creative side to come up with the right solution or answer. This is a great way to enable employees to be more innovative – something that will also be beneficial to the company itself.
4. They help increase collaboration and reach
Lastly, with online training courses, employees from different offices locally and internationally will learn the same things. E-learning will also enable teams from various geographies to collaborate on problem-solving challenges in real-time.
You won’t have to invest more money in sending your staff to another city or country to undergo training, either. You can let all your employees learn new concepts or update their skills at the same time. As such, no worker will be left behind and everyone will be on the same page regarding new workplace practices or rules.
Productivity, innovation, and loyalty are qualities that all employers value in their employees. You will be able to see these qualities in your employees if you invest in the right online training programs for them.
Dave Newgass is the owner and Managing Director of Wise Global Training Ltd. Born and raised in a small California coastal fishing town but now living in the United Kingdom, Dave’s goal is to ensure that clients are not only happy with the IOSH and NEBOSH online courses they purchase from Wise Global Training Ltd., but are also happy with the total experience as a whole.